Star Trek Discovery, In the Pale Moonlight

After getting home from traveling, I used a free week of CBS All Access to binge Star Trek Discovery. This is a spoiler review of the second season that harkens back to a great episode of Deep Space Nine called In the Pale Moonlight. There’s major spoilers including picking apart some of the Discovery plot points. If you really like the show, this take probably isn’t for you, but if you’re more critical about your sci-fi, read on. Spoilers abound.
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Does Travel Change You?

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
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The Writer’s Journey

You can tell more truth in fiction than you can in nonfiction. * disclaimer

In the introductory post to this series, I wrote about two women I met here in Tucson: the beautiful blind optometrist and the doll-faced maniacal masseuse—and of course these are stereotypes, a bit nuanced, but still it’s fiction typecasting. I got trapped between these two stereotypes in my own mind as if they were battling for my future and my soul—to put it dramatically. Continue Reading

Judgement trumps Description?

I’m sure you’ve heard someone say “you shouldn’t judge people” or “don’t be so judgmental.” So you shut down rational thought and feel a little bad, mainly because you don’t want someone judging you. I hear this said often, but like so many sayings or ideas, it has wandered from its original meaning. There’s been times when I offer a description and get accused of passing judgement, but actually the accuser passed judgement on my description. Continue Reading

My Hollywood Career

Way back when, I had a brief Hollywood career. I wrote a few Star Trek spec scripts and one of them got noticed by the producers of Voyager. (Back then you could sign a waiver and actually send scripts to the show.) So I got invited to pitch a few stories by phone to Michael Taylor (an Executive Producer who later worked on Battlestar Galactica). I pitched 5 stories, none of which were bought, but I got invited to pitch again. Full of confidence (or something) I decided to move to Hollywood and make a go of it, figuring it might be better to pitch in person. Continue Reading

What is Rhetoric?

I’m getting back to basics these days because people have forgotten (or maybe they never learned) about writing and creative thinking. It seems I’ve literally run into people who don’t know the difference between being artistic and being autistic. Can you imagine how dark their worlds must be? Always labeling creative people as defective? So in getting back to basics, I decided to look up the word “rhetoric” to see what it says. Continue Reading